fi·​nal·​ize | \ ˈfī-nə-ˌlīz How to pronounce finalize (audio) \
finalized; finalizing

Definition of finalize

transitive verb

1 : to put in final or finished form soon my conclusion will be finalized— D. D. Eisenhower
2 : to give final approval to finalizing the papers prepared … by his staffNewsweek

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Other Words from finalize

finalization \ ˌfī-​nə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce finalization (audio) \ noun

Usage of Finalize

Finalize has been frequently castigated as an unnecessary neologism or as U.S. government gobbledygook. It appears to have first gained currency in Australia (where it has been acceptable all along) in the early 1920s. The U.S. Navy picked it up in the late 20s, and from there it came into widespread use. It is a standard formation (see -ize). Currently, it is most frequently used in government and business dealings; it usually is not found in belles-lettres.

Examples of finalize in a Sentence

They are finalizing their divorce this week. We bought our tickets and finalized our vacation plans.
Recent Examples on the Web The complex in Bryant-Denny’s north end zone served as a staging area and office space for the traveling production staff, so that will need to be finalized. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Why College GameDay moved to Alabama’s quad, how it impacts tailgating," 7 Nov. 2019 The deal is expected to be finalized by January, according to Penske. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "8 takeaways from Roger Penske's purchase of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar," 4 Nov. 2019 Contracts are expected to be finalized by the end of November., "Boston-based DraftKings’ fast-growing sports wagering operation is primed to move front and center into New Hampshire once sports betting begins there by the beginning of next year.," 30 Oct. 2019 The State Board of Elections has said lines needed to be finalized by Dec. 15. Gary D. Robertson,, "North Carolina judges block the state’s congressional map from being used in the 2020 elections," 28 Oct. 2019 Deciding to buy Jewish Hospital and other health care facilities owned by KentuckyOne Health, in a deal that is slated to be finalized on Friday. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "David Grissom resigns from University of Louisville's board of trustees," 28 Oct. 2019 The distribution of the $22 billion in cash will be based on a formula that has yet to be finalized. Melanie Schuman And Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Four attorneys general propose framework for a global $48 billion opioid settlement," 22 Oct. 2019 Purdue filed for bankruptcy last month as part of a settlement deal that has yet to be finalized but is reported to include $3 billion from the Sacklers for costs related to opioid addiction. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "Four major players in the US opioid crisis reached a tentative deal in Ohio," 21 Oct. 2019 The purge was supposed to be finalized on Sept. 7, but the process has been delayed by last-minute problems that had they not been detected, may have caused voters to have their registrations canceled improperly. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Ohio officials cancel registrations for more than 182,000 inactive voters," 27 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of finalize

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for finalize

final entry 1 + -ize

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The first known use of finalize was in 1875

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11 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Finalize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of finalize

: to put (something, such as a plan or an agreement) in a final or finished form


fi·​nal·​ize | \ ˈfī-nə-ˌlīz How to pronounce finalize (audio) \
finalized; finalizing

Kids Definition of finalize

: to put in a final or finished form … Hermione ushered them out of the hall to finalize their plans for the evening.— J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets

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